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Acer’s new desktop monitor for designers can form daisy chain with identical models

While Americans are out at the polls scratching their heads over the current election, the local arm of Acer is trying to brighten everyone’s day with the launch of a new 27-inch desktop monitor packing a crisp, high resolution, 100-percent sRGB coverage, and the ability to daisy-chain with identical panels. It’s called the Acer BEH270U, and it’s available now for $500 at several online retailers.

Acer’s new monitor is based on In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology. This tech is newer than what is offered in older monitors, providing brighter colors and better viewing angles. By comparison, Twisted Nematic (TN) panel technology has been around for quite a while, and is great for PC gaming due to its fast response times and brighter screens. However, with Acer’s new panel, the company is aiming at graphics professionals relying on accurate color representation.

On the sRGB front, this is a standard color space used to keep colors optimized and in balance across devices (such as monitors, printers, and so on) and web browsers. The new panel supports 100 percent of this color space, and also provides the ability to calibrate the levels of the six base visual/print colors: yellow, red, blue, green, cyan, and magenta.

As for the daisy-chain aspect, the Acer BEH270U includes multi-stream technology that supports up to three additional monitors through a single DisplayPort cable. Of course, that indicates customers will need to purchase more than one Acer BEH270U unit the take advantage of this single-cord display setup. The panel also sports picture-in-picture technology so that users can watch the latest election coverage in a small window on the screen while working on their latest project.

Here are the overall specs:

Screen size: 27 inches
Panel technology: IPS, LED backlit
Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440
Standard refresh rate: 75Hz
Response time: 6 milliseconds
Viewing angles: 178 degrees
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Color supported: 16.7 million colors
Contrast ratio: 100,000,000:1
Brightness: 350 nits
Ports: 2x MHL
1x DisplayPort v1.2
1x Mini DisplayPort
1x DisplayPort Out
1x USB 3.0 (connects to PC)
4x USB 3.0 (connects to peripherals)
Audio: 2x 2-watt speakers
Adjustable Tilt: 5 to 35 degrees
Adjustable Swivel: Up to 60 degrees
Adjustable Pivot: Up to 90 degrees
Adjustable height: Up to 5.9 inches
Other: ZeroFrame design
EyeProtect eye-fatigue prevention
VESA wall mounting

Note that the panel has two Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) inputs. This technology essentially crams together HDMI-based video/audio input with power output into a single cable. Thus, devices that support MHL connectivity can output video and audio to Acer’s new display while simultaneously receiving a charge from the panel without the need for a secondary power cable. The company doesn’t say what version of MHL the monitor is using, but superMHL seems to be the latest version of the standard supporting up to 8K video at 120 frames per second.

If you’re looking for a new desktop monitor, Acer’s 27-inch BEH270U is available now for around $500 at Best Buy for Business, CDW, PC Connection, PCM, Staples, and TigerDirect.